PHOTOGRAPHY BY VANESSA LUST

Jazz classics, historic charm and authentic moments ring true for Dana and David

"After the most perfect engagement in the Lake District of England, David and I returned home and began planning our wedding. We decided on the iconic Fairmont Empress located in the heart of Victoria. We had an intimate ceremony in the library of the Empress overlooking the inner harbour and surrounded by 20 of our closest family members. We wanted the people who had the most impact on our relationship of three and a half years to witness and celebrate our love and commitment to one another."

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"The library of the Empress is stunning. It is full of the most beautiful wood, chandeliers and book shelves, as well as an ornate gold ceiling and a large fireplace that became our background for the ceremony, family photos and reception. I knew I wanted to make the space as bright as possible. My vision was white and cream flowers, with added touches of blush and greenery. I worked closely with Vanessa of Verbena Floral Design and the dream team of Thorn and Thistle to bring my vision to life."

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"After our ceremony, a vintage car drove David and I to our bridal portraits. Spending time alone during those moments—just being together—was what we needed. We wanted locations that were meaningful to us and had significance. Our final location is actually where we picnic in summer together. I think it is important to look at your photos in the years to come and remember all of those special memories."

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"Our evening was spent enjoying a beautiful cocktail ceremony, at which we were able to mingle with our family. It was followed by a long table reception dinner, dressed in linen from Faire La Fete, candles and stunning florals by Thorn and Thistle. We danced the night away to a live jazz band, the Eryn Sharpe Trio, that graciously studied and sang the music to our first dance."

"My one piece of advice to all brides is to plan a wedding that is meaningful and authentic to you as a couple. Hire a photographer that suits your style and a videographer to capture your day. All you have to look back on is memories. Being able to see our photos, and to hear our voices caught on film... there truly is nothing more special."

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VENDORS

Photography: Vanessa Lust
Videographer: Meidany Studio
Venue + Catering: The Fairmont Empress Victoria
Florals: Thorn & Thistle Flowers
Rentals: Trend Decor Events (chairs), Faire La Fete (Linen)
Stationery: Emma Allen (name tags), Dana Beswick (menus)
Bride's Dress: Mikaella Bridal at The White Peony
Groom's Suit: Indochino
Bride's Accessories: Belle Bella Shoes (shoes), Davie and Chiyo (hair piece), BHLDN (robe)
Hair + Makeup: Conscious Hair (hair), Artistry By Alexa (makeup)
Music: Eryn Sharpe Trio
Vintage Car: Ascot Limo